Call for proposals

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Open Education Global 2018 Conference

Transforming Education through Open Approaches

Delft, The Netherlands
24-26 April 2018

Call for Proposals

The Open Education Consortium and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), hosts of the Open Education Global 2018 Conference, invite proposals for conference sessions to take place in Delft, The Netherlands, from 24-26 April 2018.  The Open Education Consortium is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. TU Delft is one of the leading universities in The Netherlands. Founded in 1842, TU Delft is a forward-thinking institution with a global mindset.  TU Delft was an early innovator with open practices, and continues to be a leader in open education, open science and open publishing.

Delft is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands and close to all the major cities in the Netherlands. Delft’s Old Town is ringed with canals and is home to many churches, historic buildings, cultural sites and old houses, which lie in contrast to the cutting edge technological advances being pioneered at TU Delft. For more information on location and logistics, please visit the conference website at

The theme of the Open Education Global 2018 Conference is Transforming Education through Open Approaches. Conference tracks include:

  • Open Connections  

Connecting different worlds of Open, such as open access, open science, open source software; strengthening our reach and increasing impact through collaboration.

  • Open Education Research

Research on practices to mainstream openness in education; evidence of impact, studies of educational transformation using open modalities.  

  • Innovation through opening traditional practices

MOOCs as an accelerator for open & online education, opening teaching practices through open textbooks, openly licensed student work as OER.

  • Policies & strategies for Open Education

Setting priorities and conditions for mainstreaming Open Education, designing effective policies and strategies, connecting open education policies to larger policy movements such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Open Government Partnership.

  • Institutionalizing Open Education

Intellectual property arrangements at schools and universities; reward and recognition systems; institutional conventions; disciplinary norms; types of in-service training for Open Education; impact on hiring practices; challenges and barriers for mainstreaming openness; openness as a tool for community outreach, enhancing leadership in open education.

  • Tools & Technologies for Open Education

Supporting the development and use of tools for OER production, hosting, use and remix, authoring OER, conventions for tagging OER, hosting derivative works, citation conventions for derivative works, standards for remixable formats.

  • Open Educational Practices/Open Pedagogy

New approaches to teaching and learning based on openness, personalization of education, OER-enhanced teaching, facilitating informal learning with open resources, course redesign with a focus on open.

  • Connecting Open Education to formal education

Accelerating adoption of open education, recognition and rewards for open education adoption, alignment of open education values to institutional mission, accreditation of open education, blockchain technology for (open) certification, recognition of learning through open means.

  • Student perspectives

Student-led initiatives to advance open education and research, impact of open for students, student perceptions of open education, students as open education leaders.

Session Formats

Your proposal should indicate the type of session you are requesting:

Presentation: Traditional conference presentations by one or more authors, followed by Q&A. Presentations must provide an in-depth examination of the topic(s) of interest. Presentation proposals should include a full description of what will be presented. Each presentation, including Q&A, lasts 30 minutes. Presenters have the option to prepare a paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings, which should be submitted by 1 March 2018. Another option is to prepare a paper for a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Open Praxis; see below for additional instructions.

Panel: Panels are moderated sessions of experts discussing a topic, designed to give the audience different perspectives. Panels have to focus on interactive discussion between the panel members and the audience. Panel proposals should include the topics to be discussed, how the audience will be engaged in the discussion, and expected outcomes for the session. Panel discussions will last 60 minutes.

Action Lab: Action Labs are action-oriented, hands-on sessions. These sessions could take the form of a workshop, a brainstorming discussion, a demonstration, or a participatory how-to session. The Open Education Action Lab is intended to train participants, engage them in thoughtful discussion, provide the opportunities for feedback, and incubate new projects and ideas. Action Lab proposals must describe the intended content, goals of the session, and hands-on components of the session.  Action Labs have a duration of up to 90 minutes. Please specify in your proposal the duration of your Action Lab.

Poster: You are invited to submit proposals for posters, either as a compliment to one of the sessions above, or as a separate submission. Posters should speak for themselves, giving a good overview of the topic or project.  Posters will be on display in the Open Education Information Fair throughout the conference. If you would like to do a poster on the same topic as another type of session, please indicate in your proposal that you would like to also have poster space.

Submission Information

Proposals (written in English) should be submitted through the EasyChair.  If you would like to conduct a session in a language other than English, please contact

Submissions for the Open Education Global Conference 2018 must include a short abstract (one paragraph, under 300 words) and an extended narrative (750-1500 words, approximately 1-3 pages). The extended narrative should provide a clear description of what presenters will address and what the audience can expect to learn.  Authors should ensure that enough details are given to be able to assess the novelty, relevance or the impact of the proposed session. Please note that you will need to provide the following information during the submission process:

  • Names, titles, and institution or organization for all presenters or panelists
  • Conference Track (selected from the list above)
  • Type of session requested, from the above list
  • Title of session
  • Abstract (300 words)
  • At least three keywords
  • Intended primary audience (Teacher, Librarian, Policy maker, Student, Scientist, Educational Leader, Instructional Designer or Technologist)
  • Intended secondary audience(s) (Teacher, Librarian, Policy maker, Student, Scientist, Educational Leader, Instructional Designer or Technologist)
  • Educational sector (K12, Community College, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning/non formal learning)
  • Extended Narrative – Detailed description of proposed topics and/or activities (750-1500 words)

Additionally, please indicate if you have interest in submitting to the special edition of Open Praxis and if you plan to submit a full paper to be included in the conference proceedings. Please note that if you would like to be considered for inclusion in Open Praxis your extended narrative needs to have a minimum of 1,200 words and a maximum of 5,000 words (please see below for additional information).

All presenters are required to register for the conference by 1 March 2018. Please note that there is no discount or fee waiver for speakers. We have set conference fees as low as possible to ensure that all participants can afford to attend, therefore, no additional discounts are possible.  

Considering the abstract and the extended narrative, there are three cases to distinguish:

A. You do not want to submit a paper for the conference proceedings
B. You want to submit a paper for the conference proceedings
C. You want to submit a paper for Open Praxis

For the proposal the following is needed for each of these cases
· Case A, B and C: Abstract (max 300 words)
· Case A and B: Extended narrative (750-1500 words)
· Case C: Extended narrative (1200-5000 words)”

Review Criteria

We encourage proposals that are original, engaging, significant, of high quality, clear and relevant.

  • Original: the proposal explores a new idea, project or issue; discusses new research; or presents new ways of considering existing information
  • Engaging: presentation format will involve the audience in some way, or has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing needs of the community
  • Significant: the proposal raises and discusses issues important to transforming education through open approaches, and its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood
  • High Quality: claims are supported by sufficient data; claims draw upon relevant literature; and limitations are described honestly
  • Clear: the intended outcomes of the session are easily understood
  • Relevant: the proposal addresses one or more conference topics


  • Submissions Due: 23 October 2017
  • Acceptance Announcements: 1 December 2017
  • Speaker Registration Deadline: 1 March 2018
  • Submission of papers for conference proceedings (optional): 15 March 2018

When you submit your proposal, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not hear from us please contact us at

Publication in Proceedings and Filming

During the conference, different talks may be filmed and made available online. Presentation slides and papers will be available after the conference.


All submissions and presentations must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( By submitting a proposal you agree to these terms.

Journal Publication Opportunity

We are very pleased to announce that Open Praxis will publish a selection of papers from the Open Education Global 2018 conference. Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education, published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE.  Articles selected for publication must meet the established criteria of the journal, which can be found at

If you would like your paper considered for publication in the April-June 2018 edition of Open Praxis, please note that papers submitted for publication will follow an additional review process. The Open Education Global Program Committee will first review submissions for inclusion in the conference. Those accepted for presentation will then be forwarded to Open Praxis for peer review and possible inclusion in the April-June 2018 edition. Full papers will need to be submitted by 15 January 2018 according to the Open Praxis submission guidelines:

Please note that if you would like to be considered for inclusion in Open Praxis your extended narrative needs to have a minimum of 1,200 words and a maximum of 5,000 words.


  • Proposal submission, stating an interest for publication in Open Praxis:  23 October 2017
  • Review of proposals by program committee and communication to authors: 1 December 2017
  • Communication to authors recommended for inclusion in Open Praxis: 11 December 2017
  • Submission of full paper to Open Praxis: 15 January 2018
  • Once Open Praxis editorial process begins, additional revisions may be requested

Submission proposals are closed.